Washington DC is looking forward to the District’s favorite annual event — the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Although we’ve already gone in-depth to give prospective Capitol Hill Hotel guests and blog readers the lowdown on everything to look forward to, there is an element of the festival that deserves its very own write up and conversation: The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade is an annual outdoor celebration that puts the whole city in its best spirits, happily relishing the return of spring.
Touted on the event website as one of Washington DC’s biggest outdoor spectator events, the parade is an absolute must-visit for anyone who finds themselves in town this April. Constructed of classic parade balloons, floats and marching bands, the performances act as the focal point of this undeniably ecstatic social event. Those looking to attend should look into getting tickets for the parade as soon as possible, since this wildly popular Washington DC tradition may sell out soon.
In addition to the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade, the entire week will be filled with fun and exciting events. From the dance performances at the festival’s opening ceremony to the upscale and swanky Pink Tie Party, there will be a range of attractions for all types of travelers and families. In addition to all of the organized festivities, it’s important for visitors to remember the focal point of this entire widespread celebration– the Japanese Cherry Blossom Trees.
The celebration of the Cherry Blossom Trees stems all the way back to 1912 when Japan gave the trees to Washington DC as a sign of positive relations. While that cross-cultural cheer is still the driving force of the festival and parade, over the years it has also evolved into a celebration for the city of Washington DC and the coming of spring. With so many elements to consider and enjoy, it’s best to just come out for the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade this April.
The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade
April 11, 2015